Michael Batty

Distinguished Visiting Professor


Michael Batty is Bartlett Professor of Planning at University College London where he directs the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA).

His research involves the development of computer models of cities and regions, and he has published numerous books and articles in this area, the most recent being Cities and Complexity (MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 2005) and the edited volume Virtual Geographic Environments (Science Press, Beijing, China, 2009). He is editor of the journal Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design. The work of his group can be seen on the web site http://www.casa.ucl.ac.uk and at http://www.casabook.com/.

He has received various honors for his work, including the Sir George Back Award by the Royal Geographical Society for ‘contributions to national policy and practice in planning and city design’, and the Association of Geographic Information Award for Technological Progress (1998) and for Innovation (2002).

He was made a fellow of the British Academy in 2001, and elected a fellow of the Royal Society in 2009 for his contributions to the mathematical modeling of cities.


  • Ph.D. University of Wales, Institute of Science and Technology
  • B.A. Town and Country Planning, University of Manchester

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